December 26, 2019

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Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

Anna Velasquez hurried out of the barrios of Lima and onto the plaza. She carried a quiet baby, wrapped closely so that no one could see him--but no one was looking.
Baby
Patricia MacLachlan

Baby

By: Patricia MacLachlan
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

Larkin's family welcomes Sophie into their home, caring for her and teaching her games and new words. They come to love this baby as their own, all the while knowing that eventually Sophie's mother will return one day to take her from them. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit

Anna and the Swallow Man

By: Gavriel Savit
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

Krak—ow, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She's alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. The Swallow Man is not Anna's father--she knows that very well--but she also knows that, like her father, he's in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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Anna and the Apocalypse
Katharine Turner, Barry Waldo

Anna and the Apocalypse

By: Katharine Turner, Barry Waldo
Recommended for grade(s): 8

School’s out for the end of the world. Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a teenager who faces down a zombie apocalypse with a little help from her friends. Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she’s struggling with her mom’s death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation—but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be very hard to graduate high school without a brain. To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain...high school. This novel is inspired by the musical feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse—sing and slay along at home with the VOD release on February 12th! -- From Imprint

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Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
Gary D. Schmidt

Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

By: Gary D. Schmidt
Recommended for grade(s): 3

As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles. Rumors began to fly around the city of a strange mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios. Martin continued to serve in the church, until he was finally received by the Dominican Order, no longer called the worthless son of a slave, but rather a saint and the rose in the desert. —From Houghton Mifllin Harcourt

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